My Backyard and Beyond
Nature and our environment take center stage. Start your tour inside our model house and play games, study our environmental impact and dig deeper into recycled building materials. More games, videos, crafts, lessons and story time await as you make your way through the backyard towards the beyond. Follow the red arrows to navigate the tour. Click all the icons to reveal the great variety of activities. There are a lot of things to see and do, take your time, come back often.
Make Your Own Dyed Pasta
Turning pasta into a variety of colors is fun and simple, but a bit stinky! When dried, the noodles can be used in art projects, sensory bins, or for counting and sorting. Store them in airtight containers to keep for another day.
Be Your Own Weather Person – Make a Rain Gauge
Explore how to measure rain in this fun hands-on weather activity.
Be Your Own Weather Person – Make a Barometer
Explore the weather with this great exercise that shows steps on how to make your own barometer to measure pressure changes.
360 Tour of Dr. Forces
Explore Dr. Force’s Traveling Energy Extravaganza. Be shocked and amazed by some of the most basic laws of science in 360 degrees. Is it magic or science? You be the judge. (You may take the tour via your device or use in VR googles!)
Birth of Planet Earth
Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientist believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of Earth. How did Earth become a living planet despite our solar system’s violent beginning? What does its history tell us about the chance of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? Take in this special, visually advanced show on your own computer. Just a reminder that there will be some anti-piracy notice scrolling during parts of the show. Hopefully that won’t diminish your enjoyment of the presentation.
Celebrate Earth Day with a “Color Walk!”
Gather those that are at home with you, grab a notebook and pencil and don your walking shoes. Decide on a color that you’ll notice as you walk through the neighborhood and note everything you see of that color on your walk. While you’re walking, you might observe some spots that need help with trash pick up or other beautification efforts. Discuss how your family can help Earth by doing a small part.
Clouds & Becoming a Citizen Scientist
One of the most important things any scientist can do is to make observations about his or her surroundings. Keeping observation data allows scientists to make certain theories and predictions about their environment. In this activity, you will learn about the fascinating world of clouds. With a little training, YOU can become a citizen scientist observing the sky and relating your findings to NASA and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) network.
Wacky Racers Lab
You may have had some fun playing with our Wacky Racers exhibit in Dr. Forces Travelling Energy Extravaganza. There are two different track setups in the exhibit. You can race your racer down either set of tracks. One set of tracks is lower than the other. How does that affect the speed of your racer? In this design lab, you will learn about potential energy and kinetic energy using a simulation app.